awarded for planning, innovative use of technology
June 27, 2018,
Jersey City, NJ – The New Jersey Library Association (NJLA) has
recognized members of the Hudson County Community College (HCCC)
Library staff for excellence in planning, implementation, and
innovative use of technology.
The staffers were honored at the 2018
NJLA Conference which took place from May 30 through June 1 at the
Waterfront Conference Center at Harrah’s Resort in Atlantic City.
The conference provided a forum for the state’s librarians and
library associates. Approximately 1,000 library employees met to
discuss emerging library trends, review changes in policy and
technology, and share best practices for delivering services.
HCCC Technical Services Librarian Mei Xie
received the NJLA College and University Section (CUS) Technical
Services Award. This was the first time this award was given. She was
honored for leadership and efforts in improving access to electronic
resources, enhancing workflows, and implementing new
Mei Xie led the Library catalog migration from SirsiDynix to
open-source Koha, updated library catalog records to RDA standards,
modernized the Library’s authority file and subject headings,
improved access to electronic resources for all users, and added
support for emerging technologies such as linked data.
Library Technology Associate Devlyn
Courtier, along with Johnathan Cintron (a former HCCC employee), won
the NJLA CUS Technology Innovation Award for their application of
Raspberry Pi technology to advance the current manual door count to
an automated system. By building three different prototypes using
lasers, PIR (passive infrared sensors), and ultrasonic technology,
they created devices that can collect and transmit door counts to a
database, making record keeping much easier.
Seven HCCC Library employees attended the
conference, including Cynthia Coulter, Devlyn Courtier, John
DeLooper, Devika Gonsalves, Lotta Sanchez, Lawren Wilkins, and Mei
Courtier, DeLooper, and Gonsalves
presented a poster entitled “Lessons Learned from Sampling a
Library Collection.” In Spring 2018, the HCCC Library began
sampling the availability of its shelved items. The goal was to
determine what percentage of the library’s collection was available
at the correct location, and learn how this information can be used
to improve check-in and shelving procedures. The poster was used to
illustrate what was learned from the sampling process, what actions
the survey led to, and how other libraries can conduct sampling.
Cynthia Coulter, who is a librarian at the HCCC North Hudson campus
in Union City, moderated the NJLA CUS Research Award Forum.
The HCCC Library supports students,
staff, and faculty in their pursuit of knowledge and research. It
currently holds more than 40,000 books, 750 DVDs, 37,000 online
journals, and 2,800 E-books at the North Hudson and Jersey City